Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.57
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Cristina Padilla
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Student-Led Initiative: Paws' Express

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

A 2019 study by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute revealed that 1 in 5 IUPUI students face very low food security, which is defined as "regularly unable to afford adequate food." To address this issue, the Office of Student Advocacy and Support and the Office of Sustainability have partnered to create Paws' Express, a program that provides IUPUI students with nutritious meals on the go, utilizing repurposed food from campus and community partners.

The Campus Kitchen student leaders rescue food from going to waste, prepare it into pre-packaged on the go meals, and serve it to those experiencing food insecurity on campus. They work closely with a local nonprofit organization, Second Helpings, as well as IUPUI Food Services, to coordinate the pickup of rescued food. They inventory their food and maintain a pantry, where they plan weekly meals. Working with university chefs and kitchen staff, they cook meals in the university’s commercial kitchen following ServSafe standards. The student leaders then coordinate with the Office of Student Affairs staff to deliver and inventory the food at Paws' Pantry, the campus food pantry available to all students, faculty and staff.

The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI has been recognized by on- and off-campus media for the success of the Paws' Express program.

- https://fox59.com/news/iupui-program-repackages-leftovers-to-fight-campus-food-insecurity/
- https://news.iu.edu/stories/2020/02/iupui/jagnews/19-paws-express.html
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6QioPzOL_c

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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